USG/ERC Stephen O’Brien's Statement to the UN Security Council on Missions to Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Kenya
"Thank you for inviting me to brief on my visits to countries facing famine or at risk of famine: Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia. The situation for people in each country is dire and without a major international response, the situation will get worse. All four countries have one thing in common: conflict. . . My small team met a girl displaced to Ibb, still having shrapnel wounds in her legs while her brother was deeply traumatized. I was introduced to a 13-year-old girl who fled from Taizzcity, left in charge of her seven siblings. I spoke with families who have become displaced to Aden as their homes were destroyed by airstrikes living in a destroyed school." more »
High Heels Petition ... And, a Future Petition That Might Include Requiring Men to Wear High Heels for Nine Hours
Text of Introduction: This act amends the Workers Compensation Act to prevent employers from setting varying footwear and other requirements based on gender, gender expression or gender identity. As a result, for example, this act would prevent employers from requiring select employees to wear high-heeled shoes. more »
Are the Courts Finally Ready to Deem the Religious or Racial Exclusion of Immigrants Unconstitutional?
Stanford scholars predict that President Trump's new immigration order will still meet with legal questions in the courts. His first executive order on immigration in January was thwarted by a three-judge panel of the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which unanimously ruled that the initial order offered "no evidence that any alien from any of the countries named in the Order has perpetrated a terrorist attack in the United States." The main purpose of the new order was to modify the original order in ways that would make it acceptable to the courts – notably by exempting holders of green cards and valid visas and by removing the original priority given to "religious minorities." more »
Chairman Yellen: The economy has essentially met the employment portion of our mandate and inflation is moving closer to our 2 percent objective. This outcome suggests that our goal-focused, outlook-dependent approach to scaling back accommodation over the past couple of years has served the US economy well... Indeed, at our meeting later this month, the Committee will evaluate whether employment and inflation are continuing to evolve in line with our expectations, in which case a further adjustment of the federal funds rate would likely be appropriate. more »